Anyone can love the lovable. Anyone can give up what they don't want to keep. Anyone can persist when the going is easy. Loving, giving and persisting are not commendable in those cases, because that's the default position. You need to love the unlovely, give up what you want and perservere against resistence to be exceptional. Nobody gets commended or noticed for doing something really easy or common.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - It's hard to be exceptional.
PPS - That's pretty much what "exceptional" means.